>> “Jackass 2.5” Premieres over the Internet

>> “Jackass 2.5″ Premieres over the InternetBlockbuster Inc. will present “Jackass 2.5” free of charge at Blockbuster.com beginning Dec. 19 through Dec. 31; on Dec. 26, DVDs of the film will be available for purchase on the site and at major retailers, as well as for rent at Blockbuster stores and the company’s Web site. The film will also be available for download at iTunes, Amazon.com and other sites at a price.In lieu of box-office sales, the venture expects to make money from DVD sales, downloads and embedded ads online the latter being exactly the kind of new-media revenue stream that Hollywood writers are striking to get a piece of. While that wouldn’t necessarily apply to “Jackass 2.5” because it didn’t require writers, the marketing strategy is an example of what writers expect to see more of in the future.

Lesinski said the nature of “Jackass 2.5” made it a natural to try out on this new form of distrubution.

“When this idea first came up, it was clear that `Jackass’ had a lot of potential on the Internet,” Lesinski said. “First of all, the demographics are just right. And, if you go on to Youtube today, you can see there’s lots and lots of (people) doing stunts … a lot of those people are just copying what the `Jackass’ guys developed a long time ago.”

Lesinski said the movie’s online distribution has potential to be “a game-changing model for Hollywood.” But will those used to watching 5-minute YouTube vidos sit still for a longer film?

Lesinski thinks so and, at some point, he says, clips of various scenes will be ripe for viral video sharing.

Yahoo! Movies/Associated Press

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